Courses Currently Taught
9th Grade Open Interdisciplinary Biology
Courses Taught in the Past
10th Grade Biology
Advanced Placement Biology
9th Grade Science Foundations
Reading (esp. historical fiction), running, parenting, camping, travel, Girl Scout leader, Sunday School teacher, multiple committees at my kids’schools
I’m proud to be an Okie (but not from Muskogee!) Growing up, my family moved around quite a bit, but settled in Tulsa when I was 10. I graduated from a very diverse, urban high school very much like South High in 1983. Before graduating in Zoology from OU, I spent a summer doing field studies at Itasca at the U of MN Biological Station. I fell in love with this state, its people, its politics and one particular Minnesota guy. So I moved here to continue my education, married that guy and have been a teacher at South ever since. (My good-looking husband and I also have two above average children)
I absolutely love the subject of biology – particularly its social and ethical implications. On a minute-by-minute basis, living systems are changing and altering our human experience. I hope to impart the dynamic nature of the subject to my students by encouraging them in guided self-inquiry. The Open Program at South is an ideal environment for students to pursue personal learning goals while surrounded by similarly motivated students. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach science at South since 1989. Several years ago a parent referred to me as the “fairy godmother” of the Open Program at South. I like that!
Professionally, I've recently travelled to China and Greece to expand my skills and educational horizons. I'm working to grow professionally in as many ways as possible.
BA in Science Education – University of Minnesota 1989
MEd in Science Education – University of Minnesota 1998
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